Rapper Nipsey Hussle has died at age 33.
TMZ first reported the Los Angeles native was gunned down outside of his clothing store, the Marathon Clothing Company, in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Los Angeles on Sunday (March 31). Hussle (real name Ermias Ashedom) was reportedly shot six times, according to eyewitnesses in the area.
Disturbing footage of the graphic incident made rounds on the internet immediately after the shooting. Hussle was unresponsive while being treated by paramedics. Law enforcement sources confirmed one of the three men who was shot at the store was pronounced dead after arriving at the hospital. Moments later, Hussle's untimely death was confirmed.
He leaves behind two children: a daughter and a son with actress Lauren London. Shortly before the shooting on Sunday afternoon, Hussle sent out a vague tweet regarding "enemies." "Having strong enemies is a blessing," he wrote, as shown below.
Having strong enemies is a blessing.— THA GREAT (@NipseyHussle) March 31, 2019
The Grammy-nominated rapper recently revealed his joint album plans with Meek Mill was still in the works and opened up about his relationship with London to GQ last month. He released what would be his first and final album, Victory Lap in February 2018.
Celebrities, including Dwyane Wade, Elle Varner, Joey Fatts, and more reacted to the shocking news with their thoughts and prayers before learning of his passing. "God please cover and restore [Nipsey Hussle] right now!!!" NBA star Steph Curry tweeted. Keep reading to see more reactions from the hip hop community ahead.
MY HEART GOES OUT TO NIP N HIS FAM MAN , THIS MAN WAS ON THE RIGHT PATH AND DOING BETTER IN LIFE , N NIGGAS DO THIS EVIL SHIT, THIS GAME IS SO SHADY ITS DISGUSTING, RIP TO ONE OF THE ONLY REAL ONES LEFT @NipseyHussle SLEEP IN PEACE KING— LORD FLACKO JODYE II (@asvpxrocky) April 1, 2019
They see the money fame and nominations and call that— Saint Laurent Don (@21savage) April 1, 2019
“making it out” it’s starting to seem like that sucks you in even more especially if you tryna change and better everything you can in a positive way...y’all gone kill and destroy every solid rapper or figure we got???
REST IN PEACE NIPSEY HUSSLE— Vince Staples (@vincestaples) April 1, 2019
Broke me.... we really fighting for our lives against our own kind and really have to take risk and match the level of hatred that we are born in .. I’m tired prayers for my brother and his family— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) April 1, 2019
‼️‼️‼️‼️ So so SAD man!! DAMN man this hurt.— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 1, 2019
RIP Nipsey man. This is tragic— The Big Day out now (@chancetherapper) April 1, 2019
Rip Nipsey Hussle.— “DROGAS WAVE” & “BeatNPath” NOW PLAYING (@LupeFiasco) April 1, 2019
May God have mercy on your soul and bring peace to your family and friends.
You ARE a light and an inspiration to us all. And we gonna keep running this marathon. That yellow tape ain’t the finish line it’s the beginning of the victory lap. Legacy.
I’m so sorry to hear about #NipseyHussle One of the sweetest and realest people I’ve met! My heart is hurt for his loved ones! I’m In Japan but the news hit hard worldwide— Tionne T-Boz Watkins (@TheRealTBOZ) April 1, 2019
Rest In Peace to Nipsey Hussle. We lost someone special. God bless your family.— Rob Markman (@RobMarkman) April 1, 2019
R.I.P To the king @NipseyHussle, my deepest condolences to his family and friends.— Raekwon The Chef (@Raekwon) April 1, 2019
I’m lost for words right now smh— Jay Rock (@jayrock) April 1, 2019
speechless to say the least. you inspired this lil habesha boy every day.— Aminé (@heyamine) April 1, 2019
RIP NIPSEY HUSSLE
Wow, nipsey was genuinely one of the realist niggas in the game. Smh rip.— cookin up LB3 (@lilyachty) April 1, 2019